The point that Karthikeya is not widely worshipped may be true in North India. But in Tamilnadu, he is very popular. This may be due to the fact that all the major incidents which involved Karthikeya took place in Tamilnadu. The Six Abodes of Murugan signifies such incidents. Apart from the Six main temples, there are numerous other notable temples dedicated ...
One of the famous names of Sri Ganapaty is "Skandapurvaja" which literally means "the elder brother of Skanda or Lord Karthikeya". So, Ganapaty is the eldest son.
Skandapurvaja -- One who is born (ja) before (purva) Karthikeya (Skanda).
108 names of Ganapaty,with 82nd in the list being "Skandapurvaja"
There is a Ganesha Asta Namavali Stotram found in the ...
Story of Skanda acquiring peacock and cock and flag with rooster is described in Chapter 10 Section 3 Upoghaatapaada of Brahmanda Purana.
Lord Vishnu gave Skanda Peacock and cock to play (as a part of daily sports) and Vayudeva gave Him a flag with emblem of cock.
Since that ancient lord, the slayer of the Asuras, was (breast-fed and) nurtured by Krttikäs ...
The 37th Chapter of the Mahatmya Kanda of the Tripura Rahasya details the story of Sanatkumara incarnating as Kartikeya.
Lord Dattatreya relates the story of Lord Muruga to Parashurama, listening to which Parashurama asks Dattatreya:
Kathamesha Mahabhagah Skandah Tam Asuresvaram|
Jitavaan Shivavishnvendra-Durjeyamapi Samyuge|| (37.78)
"O Lord, how ...
The Valmiki Ramayana also several times refers to Lord Kartikeya as Guha. Like in Yuddha Kanda, strike of Kumbhakarna by Hanuman was compared with strike of Lord Kartikeya (Guha) on Krauncha Mountain.
स शूलमाविध्य तडित्प्रकाशं |
गिरिर्यथा प्रज्वलिताग्रशृङ्गम् |
बाह्वन्तरे मारुति माजघान |
गुहोऽचलं क्रौञ्चमिवोग्रशक्त्या || 6.67.19
Holding firmly the spike, ...
Both the meaning are supported by scriptures.
1. Devasena pati, husband of Devasena.
Story of Devasena is said in Vanaparva of Mahabharata by sage Markandeya to Yudhishtira. She is daughter of Prajapati. She was rescued by Indra from asura Kesin. After saving her from the Asura, he inquired who she is and she introduces herself.
"The lady replied, 'I ...
Lord Kartikeya got blessings from all gods on the occasion of his appointment as commander of the army of gods to slay Tarakasura. This story is mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 9, Shalya Parva, Section 46.
The adorable chastiser of Paka, O tiger among kings, gave unto Guha (Kartikeya) a dart for the destruction of the enemies of the gods. That dart produces ...
According to South Indian tradition, Kartikeya has two wives, Valli and Devasena (AKA Devanai). As I discuss in this answer, while Valli isn't really mentioned much in Hindu scripture, Devasena definitely is. Her story is told in the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata. Once Devasena was kidnapped by the Asura Keshi, and after being rescued by Indra she told him ...
Neither one of them is unmarried.
Saraswati is the wife of Brahma the creator god; here is how the Srimad Bhagavatam describes Brahma:
Lord Brahmā, the lord of Sarasvatī, was mystified. “What is this?” he thought, and then he was not even able to see. Lord Kṛṣṇa, understanding Brahmā’s position, then at once removed the curtain of His yoga-māyā.
The portion you quoted in your question is from Kathasaritsagara and the exact verse number is 92. In that verse the names of two sons of Kartikeya are mentioned. For the start let's take a look at original sanskrit shloka which is not present in English version of your post.
You can find 25 stotras dedicated to Lord Karthikeya from this page (Hindupedia.com). Few are in Sanskrit and few are in Tamil as well. Stotras are given transliterated English along with translations in English so that one realize what's being said in the stotras.
Names of few stotras are:
Guha panchakam Kanda Guru Kavacham of Santhananda Swamigal
Mahabharata: Vana Parva: Markandeya-Samasya Parva: Section CCXXX portrays Lord Kartikeya to be the Supreme God:
'Markandeya continued, "O valiant scion of Kuru's race, I shall now with due devotion pray to that unrivalled, mighty, six-faced, and valiant Guha who is worshipped by gods and Rishis, enumerating his other titles of distinction: do thou listen ...
Yes, Vayu Purana, Chapter 69 gives the details about the progeny of Garuda. It mention that peacocks were originated from Garuda with his wife Bhasi.
भार्या गरुत्मतश्चापि भासी क्रोझी तथा शुकी।
धृतराष्ट्री च भद्रा च तास्वपत्यानि वक्ष्यते (च्म्यहम्)।
The spouses of Garutman were- Bhasi, Kraunct, Suki, Dhrtarastri and Bhadra. Their progenies are ...
In the legend given in mahAbhArata, peacock was the son of garuda and cock was the son of aruna. When kartikeya was born every god gifted him something or the other, where garuda gifted him his son ‘peacock’ as his vehicle, and aruna gave him his son ‘cock’ which became kartikeya’s banner.
The adorable chastiser of Paka, O tiger among kings, gave unto ...
According to Mopidevi Subramanya Swami temple of Andhra Pradesh, the story of Kumara Swamy turning into snake is mentioned in Sahyadri Khanda of Skanda MahaPurana. You can read Sthala Purana from here (in telugu).
Sahyadri Khanda mentions legends of temples on the bank of River Krishna. You can read Sahyadri Khanda in Sanskrit from here.
Temple website ...
Whether SadaShiva has five heads (with sixth Adhomukha head called Nilakantha) or MahaSadaShiva has 25 heads while revealing Agamas or Shankara form has only one head while living in Kailash, it has nothing to do with the six heads of Kartikeya:
Here is how Mahabharat Vana Parva section 224 describes birth of Kartikeya:
Markandeya continued, 'Then Agni, ...
The simple meaning of Guha is "the secret born" or "reared in a secret place" as per Mahabharata: Anusasana Parva:
because of his birth in the solitude of a forest of reeds he came to be called by the name of Guha (the secret-born)
Various names of Lord Subrahmanya
Do any scripture portrays Lord Kartikeya (Murugan) to be the ...
गांगेयस्ताम्रचूडश्च ब्रह्मचारी शिखिध्वजः ।
तारकारिरुमापुत्रः क्रौंचारिश्च षडाननः ॥२॥
Gaangeyas-Taamra-Cuuddashca Brahmacaarii Shikhi-Dhvajah |
Taaraka-Arir-Umaa-Putrah Krauncaa-Rishca Ssaddaananah ||2||
2.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Loved by Mother Ganga and His FollowerTamrachuda, Who is Celebate and has Peacock as His ...
As per most of Puranas, this story of competition between Ganesha and Kartikeya is for their marriage.
You may read this from Shiva Purana. I have verified this story with other versions of Shiva Purana too.
When Ganesha and Kartikeya came to know about the plan of their marriage both of them started quarreling among themselves as to who should get married ...
Yes, Lord Kartikeya is Parabrahman and Paramatma. There is ample amount of evidence for this, from the following references:
Shiva purana Rudrasamhita Kumarika Khanda, Sri Kumar Stuti.
Mahabharata, Vana Parva, Chapter 232
Subrahmanya ashtakam and
Subrahmanya bhujanga stotram etc.
Yes Lord Muruga is a Guru of Lord Shiva and to explaians the meaning of OM mantra to him. I'm not sure about whether it is mention in Skanda Purana or not but it is mentioned in Kantha Guru Kavasam. In that there is a line " Siva Guru nadha" which means he Lord Muruga is guru for Lord Shiva.
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This excerpt from the Kumara Khanda of the Shiva Purana describes Kartikeya participating in the battle between Shiva and Ganesha that happened right after Ganesha was born:
[Shiva] issued directives to Indra and other gods, to the Ganas led by the six-faced Kumara and to goblins, ghosts and spirits. At the bidding of Shiva they all desired to kill ...
Skanda is Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati's son,younger brother of Ganapaty, also known by names such as Karthikeya,Shanmuga etc.
The Puranas say that Karthikeya was born on Sukla Shashti tithi in the MArgasirsha month.Hence the name Skanda Shasti,which is the day/vrata dedicated to Lord Karthikeya.Just like the Ekadashi Tithis are dedicated to Vratas ...
I happened to see a clipping in television describing this configuration as 'Somaskandan'. When googled I discovered a wikipedia page is dedicated for this purpose.
An extract from it:
Somaskanda is a particular form of representation of Shiva with his
consort Uma, and Skanda as a child. This family group depiction of
Shiva originated during the 6th-...
Hinduism as we know today is not what it was 2000, 3000 years ago. And still today, there are several gods who were added later to the pantheon and roots are not known (or made conviently). Speaking of Murukan, Velavan, Kandan (not Kanda) epochs great pride for a Tamil. It is even hard to write about him in English. However, for the sake of explaining this ...
When the question of immortality is raised for Kartikeya, I can only answer with respect what Sri Vaishnava tradition believes. In that view, Kartikeya is as immortal as his father Shiva.
There are different destruction pattern followed for each loka (Bhu: Bhuva: Suva: etc till Sathya lokam) at the end of chathuryugas. There are many Q&A involved ...
The names you have listed originated in different langauges namely, Sanskrit and Classical Tamil.
From Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, 1899 (MW for short):
Subrahmaṇya : "su—brahmaṇya very kind or dear to Brāhmans". This epithet is applied to Skanda or Kārttikeya as well as to Viṣṇu and Śiva. Much earlier, duirng the period of the Vedic ...
Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Chapter 62 mentions:
This work [Mahabharata] presents an account of the gods and royal sages and sacred regenerate Rishis, the sinless Kesava; the god of gods, Mahadeva and the goddess Parvati; the birth of Kartikeya who sprang from union of Parvati with Mahadeva and was reared by many mothers; the greatness of Brahmanas and of ...
In Mahabharata, Shalya parva, Chapter 44.
The origins story of Skand (Lord Kartikeya), is described as follows:
In days of yore the vital seed of Maheshvara coming out, fell into a blazing fire. The consumer of everything, the adorable Agni, could not burn that indestructible seed. On the other hand, the bearer of sacrificial libations, in consequence of ...
The Sanskrit version of eulogisation by Sage Agastya (agastya sthuthi) of Skanda has been posted below:
The online source of this part of Skanda Purana is available here.
Translated version of eulogisation by Sage Agastya (agastya sthuthi) of Skanda has been posted below:
The English translation can be downloaded from the site.